This morning, after breakfast, my musician neighbor received delivery of a piano. Shouts of glee ensued, along with a lot of riffing. Throughout the day today, while mixing his latest assignment, a pop/disco piece, there were frequent breaks to play the opening bars of "Clair de Lune."
I took piano lessons when I was younger, but I hated practicing and was in general a lousy, rebellious student (ditto for guitar and oboe). I loved playing though, and after my parents lost patience and stopped paying for lessons, I played a lot. "Clair de Lune" was also one of my favorites, along with the classic "Fur Elise," which I memorized, along with "The Theme from Romeo and Juliet." Interestingly, another tune I loved to play was "Tubular Bells" from "The Exorcist," even though to this day, I've never been able to get through the movie (I'm VERY easily scared).
This evening, the musician has segued from "Clair de Lune" to jazz riffs, like the kind you hear at a piano bar. I predict future gatherings around the piano and singing by friends and family. Once again, just like the movies...
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